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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington

Each month, we bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up at the cafe or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

January’s Theme: “SURRENDER”
We surrender to a better idea. We surrender when we lose a game or bet. We surrender when we let go of preconceptions and prerequisites. We surrender when we make peace with ourselves and the world around us. We surrender when we're caught with our hands in the cookie jar (literally or figuratively). What is your story of surrender?

Featured Tellers

Katie Liesener
Katie Liesener is a co-coordinator for Massmouth. As a storyteller, she’s performed in over 80 shows across eight states. She’s also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and other publications. Katie was the 2016 Massmouth “Big Mouth-Off” champion.

Brendyn Schneider
Professional storyspinner, published writer, performance instructor, host, and TedX Coach, Brendyn Schneider is a Boston-based storyteller who’s been featured at WGBH Studios, Emerson College, Coolidge Corner Theater, Somerville Theatre, and other action-packed venues across New England. He is a Moth StorySLAM winner, a winner of multiple Massmouth regional and semifinal slams, as well as a three-time finalist for Massmouth’s annual “BigMouthOff” show. He’s also been featured as performer and host at Northeast Storytelling’s annual conference, “Sharing the Fire.” A Fugitive Stories veteran, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing up and the everyday slog. For more, please venture to brendynschneider.com. Brendyn’s “Intro to Storytelling” class begins January 31 at Arlington High School.

Aaron Wolfe
Aaron Wolfe is a filmmaker, a Moth GrandSLAM winning storyteller, and occasional host of the Moth StorySLAMS in Boston. His films have been featured at Sundance Film Festival, the New York Times, and his film “Record/Play” was shortlisted for an Oscar. Aaron is the host and producer of the podcast “First Time, Long Time” where he tells stories about sports for people who may not like sports.

$10/online • $12/door
Purchase your tickets online here
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Arlington or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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Fugitive Stories at Villageworks, West Acton
Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Fugitive Stories at Villageworks, West Acton

Each month, we bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up at the cafe or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

January’s Theme: “SURRENDER”
We surrender to a better idea. We surrender when we lose a game or bet. We surrender when we let go of preconceptions and prerequisites. We surrender when we make peace with ourselves and the world around us. We surrender when we're caught with our hands in the cookie jar (literally or figuratively). What is your story of surrender?

Featured Tellers

Mark Modrall
Mark is a computer programmer who lives in Littleton. He got into public story telling because he ran out of stories his wife hadn’t heard before.

Rose Saia
Rose Saia won two Moth StorySLAMs and two Massmouth Story Slams in 2016, her first year as a storyteller. She has been a featured teller at WGBH, The Life is Good Kids Foundation, and The International Institute of Boston. She placed third in Boston’s 2017 Moth Grand Slam. She teaches “True Stories Told Live” workshops As a newcomer to the craft, Rose gets energized finding that common bond with an audience, but practices relaxation breathing to stop shaking before every event. Rose was one of the co-founders of Fugitive Stories.

Bart Thompson
Bart Thompson has won Moth StorySLAMs and Massmouth Story Slams and has been a Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” finalist. He honed his skill in storytelling on the stages of Boston and New York after a humble beginning seven years ago in a storytelling show in Providence, RI. He is a Nebraska native and avid traveler who now lives in the Boston area. He tells stories anywhere he can find a captive audience (such as elevators and bathrooms).

$10/online • $12/door • Sunday, January 28
Purchase your tickets online here
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

$32/online • Winter/Spring Four-Event Series
Purchase your tickets online here
You know you are going to attend every month. Why not save some money. Purchase our Winter/Spring season ticket to Fugitive Stories in West Acton for just $8/month. Silly, no? Easy parking. Stop in at Acton Coffee House on the way in. Our January through April season dates (all Sundays): January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29.  And, as a bonus, on every Fugitive Stories night you can get 15% of food at True West Brewery before or after the show.

Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.

True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Acton or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

Watch Fugitive Stories Online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017
Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham
Feb
18
6:30 PM18:30

Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Amazing Things Arts Center. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Sign up Amazing Things or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a four- to five-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

February Theme: “WHAT I DID FOR LOVE”
Did you travel half way around the world to propose to your beloved? Did you listen to your Dad's tediously long story for the 10th time without wincing? Did you massage your wife's feet just “cause?” Did you give up the work opportunity of a lifetime to take a chance on a new relationship? Did you birth a baby? What have you done for love?

Featured Tellers

Janelle Codianni
Jannelle, a Massmouth StorySLAM winner and Massmouth Grand Champion Finalist (2nd place), is an author and theater arts producer.

Rachel Gans-Boriskin
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at Simmons College where she teaches storytelling, journalism, health communication, and media studies. A political junkie, she blogs at politicsinpink.com waxing eloquent, and at times angry, about feminism, politics, and popular culture.  She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, two cats, two lizards, and numerous dust bunnies.

Karen Lock Kolp
Karen is a Massmouth featured storyteller, author, podcaster, and freelancer whose work has appeared in baystateparent and Boston Globe Magazine. She is a child development expert and former educator who started podcasting after a chronic illness prevented her from returning to the classroom. She created the “We Turned Out Okay” podcast and wrote a book for parents of young children, Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics. Connect with Karen at weturnedoutokay.com.

Framingham 2018 Winter/Spring events:

  • Sunday, February 18 — “What I Did for Love”
  • Sunday, May 6 — “Mother Knows Best”

Doors open at 6pm. Storytelling begins at 6:30pm and ends at approximately 8:00pm with one intermission.

  • The Amazing Things snack bar will be open before and throughout the event including service of beer and wine.

Framingham or another location? Fill out our form here. We welcome those as young as 13 and there is no age limit!

If you want to be the first to know about all of our events, sign up for our email list.

Watch Fugitive Stories Online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017
Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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Boston Comedy Night
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Comedy Night

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Order your tickets here.

Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

Winter/Spring 2018 Comedy Series
•  Friday, January 19
•  Friday, February 23
•  Friday, March 23
•  Friday, April 20

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a four-event Winter/Spring 2018 series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine and 2017 winner of a New England Emmy Award. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. We are so please to be bringing Wes and his gang back to the 'burbs for another season.

Wes Hazard (our host)
A New England native, Wes Hazard was named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy, and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the “Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!” podcast — based on the critically acclaimed IFC television show with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book Questions For Terrible People was released in 2016 and named a Barnes & Noble humor pick. He also co-hosts WGBH/World Channel’s new TV series, “Stories from the Stage.”

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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Jeff Purchon & Friends
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jeff Purchon & Friends

DATE CHANGED TO SATURDAY, MARCH 10!

Jeff Purchon & Friends return to The Gallery at Villageworks.

Jeff has performed with some of music's greats. At the age of 17 he was signed to EMI records and was playing in a warm up band for renowned acts like Black Sabbath, Free, Genesis, Robert Palmer, and others. He toured with Noel Redding (ex Jimi Hendrix), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and during his career has played with Robert Palmer, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Steve Holley (Wings), and Mick Ronson (Bowie).

As usual, Jeff will be accompanied by some of the best musicians in the area. Tonight's band features Stax recording artist Suzanne Buell, Vicki Zelski, and Boston's own Michael Payette on vocals, Ron Pastore on bass, keyboardist Daniel Coutu, Philip Antionades on drums, and Hal Denham on percussion.

Check out Jeff’s video, filmed at Villageworks in December!

Doors open at 7pm.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking Map

$15 online • $18 at the door
Click here to order tickets.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

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Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish

IN NOVEMBER 2017, JOHNNY HOY SOLD OUT VILLAGEWORKS IN WEST ACTON. Check out what you've been missing or come on back for more (and bring your dancing shoes)! Formed in 1991, the band has released five CDs and performed around the world. Mostly, they’ve appreciated the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard (where most of them live).

JOHNNY juggles a full life that employs his many skills, including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, and farming. Somehow, he manages to do all the gigs, as well. He came to the the Vineyard in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’s and Tom Waits’s shows as a teenager.

JEREMY BERLIN, the piano player, has been with the band for most of its life — since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton and Carly Simon, and toured the world with The Nina Simone band — he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass — and it's been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three-piece without guitar. Jeremy's connection with the Island started before he was born and he's been there on and off ever since.

BUCK SHANK, guitar, long-time member of the band, looks and sounds like he's playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy, and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.

ROBBIE SOLTZ, the drummer, came aboard in 2015 and is a veteran of the Vineyard scene and such bands as Entrain and The Mike Benjamin Band. He’s a strong player and great back-up singer. We’re happy to have him!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15 online • $18/door (Tickets will be on sale in mid-January)

Beer & wine provided by True West, West Acton’s new brew pub.
Parking map

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

“These guys truly hit the nail on the head better than most other pro touring blues/roots bands I've seen. I think a lot has to do with the energy, soul and ability for the band to mix it up — Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, good old R&B, Cajun flavored off beat stuff — I love it all.”

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